VML Says Happy Holidays with Handbell Hero

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Blondie is long gone, so it's rare nowadays that we get asked to ring somebody's bell.

Perceiving our growing sense of injustice, VML invited us to ring its bells with Handbell Hero. It's kind of like Guitar Hero -- WITH BELLS!

This was way funner than that ornery virtual account manager that Burns left us (to die!) with.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-21-07    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Online



Some (Not Us) Feel Droga5 Isn't Worthy of Creativity's Agency of the Year

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In the spirit of living up to our apparent affinity for mudslinging as noted by MultiCultClassics, we give you this just-received tidbit from a reader who just doesn't think Droga5 should have been awarded Creativity's Agency of the Year crown.

The reader writes, "Apparently many higher up in the NY ad agency world are irritated and confused as to how Creativity could name Droga5 as agency of the year. they haven't produced one national campaign, have not one one new piece of business. no real breakthrough work for the year and the business they are producing for are pro-bono. people i know that work at Droga5 are equally as confused by the whole thing. internally they're hearing about "cut-backs." also pissed as to why the whole agency wasn't photographed for the cover. yikes. people are pointing to the obvious infatuation Creativity Magazine editors have with the agency. one female editor is roaming the halls at D5 a little too frequently. maybe it's droga's charm? i say, more power to em. screw the holding companies."

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by Steve Hall    Dec-21-07    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events, Opinion



Cherry and Cake Celebrates Birthday With Cherry and Cake

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OK so here's something you don't see on an agency website very often. Then again, when your agency is named CherryandCake it all seems fairly normal. The Belgium-based agency is celebrating its first birthday.

by Steve Hall    Dec-21-07    
Topic: Agencies



Ditched Toys Are the Reason We've 'Smurfed' Up Christmas

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"So what if I'm gay? You let my rainbow fade away," accuses a Care Bear in this awesome video where toys rebuke cynical adults for ditching them after puberty, thereby ruining their Christmases -- and ours -- forever.

And if our He-Man could talk, he probably would be just that ditzy.

Thanks go out to Grey, Vancouver for putting it together.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Spoofs, Trends and Culture, Video



'BootB is a Republica, Built Around ... Creativity'

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Looking for a cheap and easy way to poach talent worldwide? Look no further than BootB, a "creative marketplace" for doing just that.

Register on BootB and publish your "creative needs" and budget on the site. Your brief is translated into 12 languages and pushed across the globe. You buy the idea you like, and BootB guarantees payment to your contractors.

The company's got a short testimonial list that, nonetheless, includes execs from Peugeot and LEO. But why listen to us harp on? Learn about BootB from the horse's mouth.

If it's any indication if its quality, BootB's got a pretty spiffy website.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online



Santa Delivers Presents While Decapitating Elves

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We told you the latter half of this pre-Christmas week would soon devolve into nothing buy silly games and an endless supply of agency Christmas cards. And that seems to be exactly what's happening. Try as we might to scour the industry for "real" news, all we seem to come up with is fun little Christmas-themed timewasters like this Red Christmas game from UK agency Thought.

It's simple and we like simple. All you have to do is make sure Santa gets down each of the chimney's to deliver his presents. As a sick little bonus, while delivering presents, you can have Santa wield his chain saw (yup, Santa has a chain saw in this game) to bloody the elves who, according to this game, are making slave labor allegations against Sr. Nick. Good, sick fun.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Denver Agency Says Fruitcakes Should be Addressed to CP + B

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Having some fun with their new neighbor, Denver Colorado agency Thomas Taber & Drazen created this holiday card which ask those sending "lavish holiday gifts" to address them to the company's new address in Denver. It also directs those sending fruitcakes to address them to Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder Colorado. Friendly joke or just jealous the Miami shop is now in their backyard?

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Some Tribes Share Love by Pissing on Snow

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We get a lot of holiday stuff from agencies, but rarely do we earn (is that the word?) a personal greeting from, like, one agency guy who happens to love us just that much.

Edward from JUXT Interactive is one exception. This year, he sent us an interactive greeting card where, to The First Noel, a bunch of dudes piss a message into the snow.

Nothing like the pairing of religious music and insult to fill us with glee. Aw shucks, Edward. Check your lawn tomorrow morning.

And make your own bio-friendly snow messages at Golden Tidings!

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion



JWT Asks Ad Industry to Help 'Christmas Story' Doofus Detach Tongue

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Simple, brainless fun. That's what's so special about this year's JWT holiday card. For a while there, we thought the ad industry had decided to forgo the annual rite of creative passage known as the holiday card but now we have so many submissions we just don't know what to do with all of them.

We like this one because:

A. It arrived via email with a single URL in the body of the email. No lame sales pitch.

B. It's actually good in the most simple of ways. You get to hlep that A Christmas Story doofus detach his tongue from the light pole with various items like a blow dryer, a spatula and a chain saw.

C. You don't have to log in.

D. Even your buffoon on a boss who still refuses the Internet will amount to anything can work it.

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Wieden UK Builds A Forest For Christmas

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Here's a few agency holiday cards we haven't seen yet. As one commenter pointed out, there seems to be far less of then this year than last. Either that or no one's sending them to us for fear of receiving some kind of negative rant. Oh come on, we never do that around here!

Oh but wait, we have to. Any holiday card that requires you to log in...well...that's just too much effort to exert just to celebrate the holiday season. Oh but wait, it's for a good cause. Yes, Wieden + Kennedy London's Wieden's Woods provides some sort of green-friendly tree growing thing. Oh, and over there in the UK, they don't mess around with the whole politically correct "holiday" thing. They just come right out and say it: Merry Christmas.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-18-07    
Topic: Agencies










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